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Houston-Area District Celebrates Opening of New Elementary School

The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Rosenberg, Texas, recently celebrated the dedication and grand opening of a new elementary school, according to a news release. Ariadne Mathews Gray Elementary School opened this year with an enrollment of 447 students, local news reports, and was designed in partnership with VLK Architects.

According to the news release, the school boasts a prototype campus designed to streamline student circulation; facilitate administration and supervision; and provide safety and security for students, faculty, and staff. Six classroom pods, one per grade level, break off from the main corridor. Each pod includes amenities like special program areas, collaboration spaces, and centralized restrooms. The campus also features multiple outdoor learning spaces fenced off from one another between classroom pods. The campus’ heart is a centralized media center with a large group instruction space.

The school was named after Ariadne Mathews Grey, a native of Richmond, Texas, and graduate of Lamar Consolidated High School. She was the founder and CEO of Lunches of Love, a nonprofit that feeds more than 4,000 students across 18 schools in the district.

“Ariadne’s heart for students and her community is contagious, and it was very evident that she loved what she did,” said Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Roosevelt Nivens. “It was a true honor to know Ariadne, and the service that Lunches of Love provides to the community is second to none.”

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